Alyokhin co-edits potato pest textbook 

Andrei Alyokhin, professor at the School of Biology and Ecology at the University of Maine, co-edited the second edition of “Insect Pests of Potato: Global Perspectives on Biology and Management,” published March 17, 2022, by Elsevier Inc. 

This second edition was published to update the first edition to include new chapters and information, including a review of potato production, as well as problems caused by insect pests and solutions to these problems, in all major potato-growing regions of the world; a discussion of theoretical foundations of potato pest management and includes chapters on ecological theory, evolutionary theory, and a case study on their applications to elucidate differences between Eastern and Western populations of Colorado potato beetle in North America; a chapter on the foundations of integrated pest management and their applications in controlling insect pests; and sections on the biology of main pests and on control methods now feature the latest information, including emphasis on recent advances in molecular biology and genomics. 

Information on the use of dsRNA technology for pest control is also included, as are new chapters on potato ladybirds and on hemipterous pests other than aphids and psyllids. This second edition provides improved integration and logical connections among chapters and expanded geographic scope of coverage making it the ideal reference on the topic. 

The co-editors of the book were Silvia Rondon of Oregon State University and Yulin Gao of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.